CHECK OUT THE NEW BALDWIN LIBRARY
The Baldwin Public Library—which serves Bloomfield Hills, as well as Birmingham, Beverly Hills, and Bingham Farms—underwent seven months of renovation this past winter. As a result, the Library now boasts an Adult Services Department with a clean, fresh, modern design, complementing the Library’s original 1927 Tudor-style building. As patrons have commented, it’s a “mix of modern and classic” and “absolutely great, marrying the past, the 80s, and the future.”
Architects Robert Ziegelman and John Gardner, along with interior designer Karen Swanson, proposed the installation of windows along the exterior wall, as well as a raised ceiling and a colorful palette for the furnishings. The result is a light and airy space. The team also designed the shelving to fan out logically along the curved wall, which makes materials easier to find. Three study rooms equipped with computer connections and monitors are available to residents of Baldwin’s service area, while numerous seating areas with plentiful electrical outlets are scattered throughout the stacks.
Having completed the Adult Services renovation on time and under budget, Baldwin is now starting to make plans for a possible future renovation and expansion of the Youth Room. If you would like to share your opinions on what in the Youth Room should be changed—and what should be preserved—please contact Director Doug Koschik at 586-604-5911 or email@example.com.
The Youth Room project will be the beneficiary of this year’s Books & Bites fundraiser, which will take place on Friday, November 10, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The fundraiser celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Baldwin Library building, which opened in December 1927, and has “Speakeasy” as its theme. The event will feature a strolling dinner, drinks, gaming, and a raffle auction. Tickets cost $75 each, $65 if you are 65 to 89, and free if you are as vintage as the Library—90 years and over. You can purchase tickets at baldwinlib.org/booksandbites. Come, have a great time, and celebrate the past and future of the Library!